Saturday, October 20, 2007

New Poll Created!

I have posted a new poll to the blog. The question for this poll is "Where in Western Europe did your ancestors come from?" The choices are:
  • Belgium
  • France
  • The Netherlands
  • British Isles

You can choose more than one choice. I did not include Spain or Portugal in this poll even these countries could be considered part of Western Europe. I plan to include these two countries in the Southern Europe poll. I will also post a later poll that goes into more detail for the British Isles in a later poll.

Friday, October 19, 2007

A Glimpse of Autumn ...

I took some pictures earlier today, and this photo was one of them. You can view some my other pictures here. I did take some pictures a couple weeks ago, but they did not come out as well. You can view those pictures here.

Poll Results

The poll has official closed, and the results are in. The question of the poll was, "What Area of Europe Did Your Ancestors Come From?" A total of twelve votes were cast. The results are:
  • Western - 9 votes
  • Central - 3 votes
  • Eastern/Russia - 2 votes
  • Southern - 1 vote

To those that participated in this poll, thank you for participating.

Two More Legal Posts Posted

Craig Manson has posted two more legal lesson posts on his blog. You can read the one posted yesterday here and the one posted today here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Carnival of Genealogy Posted!

The latest edition of the Carnival of Genealogy has just been posted. You can find it here. The next topic is on using DNA to solve genealogy mysteries. Enjoy!

More Genealogy Blogs Added

I've added a few more blogs today. The blogs added are:
  • Amy Kane's Atlantic Ave.
  • Barbara Ainscough's Ainscough Family History - Mawdesley
  • GeneaSofts

You can find these and other blogs on the lower left hand of this blog. Any suggestions for other genealogy and history blogs.

Another Law Column Posted

Craig Manson posted another law column last night. You can read it here.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

More Genealogy Blogs Added

I've added several more genealogy blogs to the list today. These blogs are from Lynn Turner, and the blogs added are:
  • Bradley D. Marchant's The Ancient Parish of Giggleswick
  • Chelsea's Genealogy
  • Dayna Fosson's Italian Genealogy
  • Heather's Genealogy Joys
  • Hendricks Family Searcher
  • JaNean Frandsen's Genealogy Buzz
  • Karina Morales' La Familia de Karina Eunice Morales Ovalle
  • Malese's School Life
  • Mary Beth Tolman's What's Your Line?
  • My Scandinavian Family History
  • Terry Jenson's West Carrol Parish, Louisiana Genealogy

You can find these and other genealogy blogs on the lower left hand of the page. Any suggestions for other genealogy or history blogs are welcome.

You Know You Are a Michigander When ...

I noticed earlier today that Moultrie Creek had posted "You Know you're a Floridian if ..." a few days ago, and died laughing while reading the post. So, in light of that post, I felt I had to create my own list about Michigan.

You know you are a Michigander when ...
  • You point on your hand to show where your hometown is.
  • You are unfazed by the sudden change in weather or the inaccuracy of the weatherman's weather report.
  • You refer to Windsor, Ontario as a sister city.
  • You refer to the driving seasons as "Construction" and "Winter."
  • You call the day before Halloween, Devil's Night.
  • You call the people who live in the Upper Peninsula, "Youppers."
  • UP means the Upper Peninsula.
  • You visit another state and consider the car ahead of you, going the speed limit, too slow.
  • You continue to drive in bad weather after all the other cars pull over.
  • You know how to drive in bad weather.
  • You think nothing of driving on a road covered by a couple of inches of snow.
  • You think nothing of driving at 80 m.p.h. or more on the freeway.
  • You are not surprised by a temperature drop of 4o degrees from the day before.
  • You consider your winter warm when you have had very little snow.
  • You associate the first couple of weeks in November with deer hunting.
  • You hear, "Tri-County," and think Metro-Detroit.
  • You take it for granted that the Lions will lose.
  • You estimate the distance between two locations in minutes.
  • You consider Hockeytown another name for Detroit.
  • You refer to Detroit as "Motown."
  • You call coke and Pepsi, "pop."
  • You still go to school even though it snowed the night before.
  • You are used to driving on bad roads.
  • You know how to play euchre.
  • You expect to drive the same distance to a place in the U. P. as you would in driving to Tennessee.
  • You hear the term, "Inland Lake," but do not associate the Great Lakes with that term.
  • You can go north or east and end up in Canada.
  • You are used to cold weather.

This is all that I can think of when it comes to Michigan. I hope you found this funny. Any other additions are welcome. Enjoy.

Cemetery Thoughts ...

I have to admit; I'm not a fan of visiting cemeteries. I find cemeteries a little creepy, but I go to cemeteries because there might be some information on the tombstones of my ancestors or in the sexton's records. (And, to state the obvious, find out where my ancestors are buried.)

I think the main reason why I find cemeteries creepy - and this does not include national cemeteries like Arlington or Gettysburg - i s probably because the pervasiveness of death. I'm young, and I do not think about death very much. The unearthly stillness in a cemetery can be unnerving. The biggest difference between national cemeteries and the rural or local cemeteries is that the national cemeteries are, for me, a historical place and as such, there are always large groups of people walking around. It is less intimidating to walk around a cemetery when there are many people walking around or when one is visiting a cemetery because of the history that surrounds the place. Visiting a rural or local cemetery is, for me, a completely different experience than visiting a national cemetery.

Of course, I have never gone into a cemetery alone. (Having other people with when you go to a cemetery is good idea for safety reasons besides the other reason of helping to keep the fear away.) I have always visited a cemetery with family members, primarily with my grandparents and my brother. Most of the cemeteries I have visited are cemeteries where my ancestors and their siblings are buried, and most of those cemeteries are rural cemeteries in Michigan. Many of them have been alongside a two-lane road and the area is almost completely deserted (ie., few cars passing by on the road or no other living people in the cemetery.) Of course, at the same time, these cemeteries can be interesting as to the variety of the tombstones. If I could forget that the dead people are buried in cemeteries, I could easily mistake cemeteries for parks with magnificent stone sculptures. It would work, but only if I didn't notice the pervasive scent of decay. (I'm serious about this. It smells sweet but repugnant at the same time.) To be honest, I'm not exactly thinking this the whole time I'm in the cemetery. These thoughts are more subconscious, in the back of my mind, and they only last for few seconds or minutes. They go away only because I my main concern is to find where my ancestor is buried, take a picture (or pictures) and write down any information that I find, including where the grave is located. (As you can imagine, I want to get my research done as quickly as I can.)

So, what experiences have I had? It may sound like I've had a bad experience from what I have written up above, but I really haven't had any bad experiences (other than wasting time). I just have a minor phobia of cemeteries. A few of my experiences:
  • A literal wild goose chase in searching for the burial site of my great-great-grandfather. (I won't write about that in this post as this story is a post in its self. Someday, I'll post about it in the future.)
  • The accidental discovery of an ancestor's grave while searching for the graves of other ancestors. (I found those graves too, but I wasn't expecting to find my other ancestor's grave as well.)
  • And the mistake I made the first time I went to do research in Saint Joseph County, Michigan. (It is much easier to go to the library first, find the transcriptions, and then go visit the cemetery. I don't think I need to say anymore about that one.)

I realize that these are not exactly thrilling experiences. These are just the more memorable experiences I have had in the past four years of doing genealogy. I will have to write on my other experiences on other posts otherwise this post will be extremely long.

So, what do you think about cemeteries? As always, you are more than welcome to leave a comment.